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AT&T’s LG Thrill gets an update – to Android 2.3

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

AT&T’s LG Thrill gets an update – to Android 2.3
News from Android Community:

The HTC Vivid has Ice Cream Sandwich! Ten other phones and tablets are getting it too! It’s like software updates are eggs and AT&T’s the Easter bunny! The latest bit of news is that the LG Thrill is getting an update – too bad it’s just Gingerbread. Yes, the forlorn high-end phone has been running Froyo officially all this time, and now (a mere 15 months after Gingerbread became available and almost a year to the day after the phone was announced) it’s finally getting an update to Android 2.3. Thrill owners, try to contain your joy – this has got to be like being the one kid who found his egg rotten.

AT&T’s Thrill 4G is a rebranded version of the Optimus 3D, a respectable phone even by today’s standards. A 1Ghz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM should make Gingerbread fly, even with LG’s custom skin running on top. The phone is one of just a handful of models that can display lenticular glasses-free 3D on its 4.3-inch, 800×480 LCD screen. 8GB of storage space is alright, but AT&T als…………… continues on Android Community

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Huawei Pinnacle (MetroPCS)
News from CNET:

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Huawei Pinnacle

I haven’t used the word “fun” to describe a phone for a long time, but the thought crossed my mind after I began playing with the Huawei Pinnacle for MetroPCS. No, the portrait QWERTY cell phone doesn’t have flashing lights like the LG dLite, and it won’t project images on a wall like the Samsung Galaxy Beam, but it does provide an engaging user experience and some colorful accents on the chassis.

This is the phone you get when you want to focus on texts, and on personal-assistant applications. However, the smaller 2.4-inch screen, sluggish processor, and slower 2.5G network speeds make waiting for Internet a real drag. And unfortunately, it stumbled on call quality.

The price is one sweet spot. Originally $ 49.99, the Pinnacle now costs $ 19 after a $ 30 mail-in rebate. Considering all the goodies inside — including a music player, hooks into social networks and e-mail, and the ability to create folders, to name a few — the Pinnacle is a nice surprise.

Design
There are ugly phones and bor…………… continues on CNET

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LG enV3 VX9200 Verizon Cell Phone with 3MP Camera, Camcorder, Bluetooth, Stereo music, MicroSD expand to 16 GB, Email (Blue)
The LG enV3 VX9200 is a perfect new phone for text messaging fanatics. Slim and feature-packed, the enV3 boasts a full, compact QW…

LG targets sales of 80M handsets, 35M smartphones for 2012

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

LG targets sales of 80M handsets, 35M smartphones for 2012
News from FierceWireless:

LG Electronics expects to sell 80 million handsets, 35 million smartphones and 8 million LTE smartphones in 2012, according to a senior LG executive. The overall handset sales would represent a drop from LG’s mark in 2011, but the company expects to shift its focus toward higher-end, more profitable smartphones this year.

In an interview with Korea Times, Park Jong-seok, head of the company’s handset division, laid out the sales targets for this year as well as the company’s strategic vision. According to research firm IDC, LG shipped 88.1 million handsets in 2011, down from 116.7 million in all of 2010.

LG has been signaling for months that it intends to shift to LTE smartphones with high-end specs to regain its footing, especially in the higher end of the market. The company’s handset unit turned a profit in the first quarter–its first operating profit in six quarters. “I think LTE, high-definition and quad-core will be the key words this year. With fine-tuned technology and strategies, LG will recover our once-lost brand awareness,” Park said.

LG is banking on some high-end devices to give it momentum in the first half of the year. The company recently introduced the high-end Optimus 4X HD, which sports a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. The company also announced the Optimus Vu, a 5-inch device in the “phablet” category to compete…………… continues on FierceWireless

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LG shrugs off doubt, comes back with vengeance

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

LG shrugs off doubt, comes back with vengeance
News from Korea Times:

LG Chairman Koo Bon-moo, center in the front row, makes comments after he was briefed over the company’s sales strategy for OLED 3D televisions during his visit to LG’s technology compound, this month. At left in the same row is LG Uplus CEO Lee Sang-chul and LG Electronics Chief Technology Officer Ahn Seung-kwon is on Koo’s right. / Korea Times file

Chairman boosts can-do spirit in workforce, affiliates respond with better bottom lines

By Kim Yoo-chul

LG Group is recovering with the group’s export-driven affiliates including LG Electronics, LG Display, LG Chem and LG Innotek leading the way.

And the industrial conglomerate is set for another impressive chapter in its story this year led by Chairman Koo Bon-moo as it is returning to basics ― a technology-driven corporation.

Koo is the eldest grandson of LG Group founder Koo In-hwe and has been in his current post since 1995. He is credited with boosting the group’s sales four-fold and its market capitalization 10 times.

“Last year wasn’t good. But this year we have no doubt that the group will regain its power buoyed by the brighter performance of LG Group companies. That’s partly due to the chairman’s consistent request for technology,’’ sai…………… continues on Korea Times

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LG: LTE, 3D, HD and quad-core chips will restore our phone brand
News from GigaOm:

“I think LTE, high-definition and quad-core will be the key words this year. With fine-tuned technology and strategies, LG will recover our once-lost brand awareness,’’

That’s the plan for 2012, according to Park Jong-seok, head of LG’s handset division, in a comment to The Korea Times. Park said the company plans to sell 80 million handsets this year; 35 million of which will be smartphones and 8 million of those to have LTE capabilities.

The company’s smartphone division has undergone some challenges over the past two years. In 2010, LG’s CEO resigned mainly due to poor performance in the smartphone division. And midway through last year, Park cut smartphone sales estimates to 24 million sales in 2011, down from 30 million.

Unfortunately, adding hardware features alone isn’t a magical formula to smartphone success and I hope that LG realizes that. It was among the first to use a dual-core smartphone chip in 2011 with the Optimus 2X, but the phone didn’t impress the market. And i…………… continues on GigaOm

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LG Shine CU720 SLV Unlocked Phone with 3G Support, 2 MP Camera and Bluetooth – US Warranty – Silver
The LG Shine weighs 4.28 ounces and measures 3.93 x 1.99 x 0.59 inches. Its 900 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3 hours …

LG Aims to Sell 80M Phones, 35M Smartphones and 8M LTE Smartphones This Year

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

LG Aims to Sell 80M Phones, 35M Smartphones and 8M LTE Smartphones This Year
News from TechnoBuffalo:

LG has struggled to gain smartphone momentum in previous quarters, but this year the company hopes to get the ship back on course. Speaking to the Korea Times recently, LG’s mobile head Park Jong-seok said LG hopes to drastically increase phone sales in 2012. “This year, we are aiming to sell 80 million handsets including 35 million smartphones,” Jong-seok said. “But more importantly, LG aims to sell 8 million LTE smartphones.” LG hopes its brand new quad-core Optimus 4X HD makes a big splash with consumers, too. “I think LTE, high-definition and quad-core will be the key words this year,” Jong-seok added. “With fine-tuned technology and stra…………… continues on TechnoBuffalo

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LG Connect 4G: Full Review
News from LAPTOP Magazine:

Look ma, no contract! The $ 319 LG Connect 4G, MetroPCS’s flagship phone, plans to dispel the prepaid stereotypes with a 3-punch combo of 4G LTE speeds, a 1.2-GHz dual-core processor and affordable, no-commitment data plans. You can literally save a grand versus the competition over two years. But will you be happy living with this Android 2.3 smartphone?

Design

Click to EnlargeThe LG Connect 4G has a rather unassuming design. A glossy 4-inch touch screen display dominates the front wrapped in a shiny black bezel. A chrome LG logo and a VGA front-facing camera sit at the top of the display while the standard Android capacitive buttons (Menu, Home, Back, Search) line the bottom.

A thick glossy plastic band surrounds the top half the Connect 4G. From there, dark gray matte plastic tapers into the rear panel which has a herringbone-type pattern that gives the phone a firm, textured grip.

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LG Spectrum Review: Head-To-Head With The Nitro HD And Galaxy Nexus

Monday, March 19th, 2012

LG Spectrum Review: Head-To-Head With The Nitro HD And Galaxy Nexus
News from TechCrunch:

Jordan Crook studied English Literature at New York University before entering the tech space. Prior to joining TechCrunch, Crook dabbled in mobile marketing and mobile apps as well as doing device reviews for MobileMarketer and MobileBurn. Crook is fascinated with alternative energy production and greentech. She is now a writer for CrunchGear. → Learn More

The LG Spectrum isn’t necessarily my favorite phone. It’s got pretty nice specs and a killer screen, but there’s something to be said about the way a phone draws you in from across the room. I don’t mean to get all romantic or dramatic about it, but it’s still true: appearance matters. Windows Phones have that engaging, compelling live tile interface. The iPhone has its stunning design and piano black shine. Motorola’s Razr has that crazy thin profile, and Samsung has the ultimate combo in the form of its Galaxy series: giant, gorgeous screens with beautiful design.

LG doesn’t really have that, and this is particularly apparent on the Spectrum. I’…………… continues on TechCrunch

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Review: LG Optimus Sol E730
News from Times of India:

NEW DELHI: LG was the first one to come with a dual-core phone ( LG Optimus 2X), a 3D phone (Optimus 3D) and a phone with super bright yet energy efficient display ( Optimus Black). Continuing the tradition, they have launched the Optimus Sol, the first phone to feature an Ultra AMOLED display.

The 3.8-inch ultra amoled display on the front is very impressive and stands neck to neck with Samsung’ Super AMOLED display. It outputs rich colors with outstanding black levels and top-notch clarity. Even under direct sunlight, content is clearly readable and visible on the screen.

Adding to the good things of the phone is its multimedia performance. Superb audio output in the headphones as well as in voice calls. The video player played a 720p HD file without any glitch as well. Moreover, the rear 5MP camera took surprisingly remarkable shots – both in day light and indoors. Even the videos (720p HD in MP4 format) recorded from the camera are impressive.

Under t…………… continues on Times of India

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LG Dare Silver Phone (Verizon Wireless)
Multimedia-oriented smartphone boasting spacious 3-inch touchscreen with handwriting recognition. Access Verizon’s V Cast Music an…

ET Review: LG Optimus Sol E730

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

ET Review: LG Optimus Sol E730
News from Economic Times:

NEW DELHI: LG was the first one to come with a dual-core phone (LG Optimus 2X), a 3D phone (Optimus 3D) and a phone with super bright yet energy efficient display (Optimus Black). Continuing the tradition, they have launched the Optimus Sol, the first phone to feature an Ultra AMOLED display.

The 3.8-inch ultra amoled display on the front is very impressive and stands neck to neck with Samsung’ Super AMOLED display. It outputs rich colors with outstanding black levels and top-notch clarity. Even under direct sunlight, content is clearly readable and visible on the screen.

Adding to the good things of the phone is its multimedia performance. Superb audio output in the headphones as well as in voice calls. The video player played a 720p HD file without any glitch as well. Moreover, the rear 5MP camera took surprisingly remarkable shots – both in day light and indoors. Even the videos (720p HD in MP4 format) recorded from the camera are impressive.

Under the hood, the phone features a 1Ghz processor, 512MB RAM and 1GB inbuilt storage (expandable via microSD cards). It also comes with Wi-Fi direct along with Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-FI tethering support. It runs Android 2.3 with the Optimus UI on top and combined with the hardware, the phone did not show any sign of slowdown or sluggishness durin…………… continues on Economic Times

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Review: Samsung Omnia W
News from PCWorld.co.nz:

Samsung Omnia W

RRP incl GST: $ 699
Contact: samsung.co.nz

AT A GLANCE

  • 3.7-inch, 800 x 480-pixel Super AMOLED display
  • 1.4GHz single-core Snapdragon CPU
  • Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango’
  • Incredibly tight Facebook integration

A great option for the first-time smartphone owner or Facebook fan.

With the Omnia W, Samsung joins the likes of HTC, LG and Nokia in offering a Windows Phone 7 (WP7) smartphone in the New Zealand market.

I’ve been a WP7 user since the platform launched locally in 2010, with the HTC 7 Trophy. The Trophy is a great phone – we scored it an ‘excellent’ four stars. A year down the track however, the Omnia W does feels like a real upgrade and not just a switch in brand and model.

The Omnia’s display is a 3.7-inch, 800 x 480-pixel Super AMOLED panel. It’s bright and readable, but not as colour-rich as Nokia’s Lumia 800’s (the Lumia being the other hot WP7 device of the hour – see our review on page 36). The entire face of the phone is a single surface, indented very slightly into its bezel to give your finger a nice clear stopping-…………… continues on PCWorld.co.nz

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Caller ID phone spoofing surges

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Caller ID phone spoofing surges
News from Asbury Park Press:

That call you received on your mobile phone might not be from the company that popped up on your Caller ID.

Cyberthieves are stepping up phone-calling scams that pilfer the accounts of consumers banking online. And many such calls are linked to Caller ID spoofing, which causes the recipient’s phone to display a Caller ID number that appears to originate from a trusted party.

In the second half of 2011, Pindrop Security detected more than 1 million fraudulent calls, including 189,439 in December, a 52 percent surge from July, according to a report released Thursday.

“Mobile is a growth area,” said Stan Stahl, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), which works with financial institutions to stem online banking fraud.

Spoofers often lure a cellphone user into divulging account information via an automated call or text message that appears to come from the user’s bank. Next, the crooks call the bank, spoofing the victim’s phone number and correctly answering security questions to trick the bank employee into transferring cash or issuing credit cards for mailing addresses under the scammer’s control.

Dell SecureWorks estimates small and midsize businesses in the U.S. and Europe lose as much $ 1 billion a year from online banking accounts. The financial services industry often does not re…………… continues on Asbury Park Press

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Users want larger smartphone displays, says obvious analyst

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Users want larger smartphone displays, says obvious analyst
News from Android Community:

Android users tend to like big, big displays on their phones. A previous study found that the median size for an Android handset was between 4.0 and 4.3 inches diagonally, and of course more and more devices are coming out with 5-inch and larger screens, a figure that was downright laughable just a few years ago. It looks like Android manufacturers ain’t just whistlin’ Dixie. According to a report from Strategy Analytics, 9 out of 10 people gravitate towards a phone with a bigger screen than their current one when buying a new model.

The responders didn’t discriminate between platforms. Though the poll size wasn’t given, presumably it’s a relatively even sample of US and UK smartphone owners – Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, etc. No matter which manufacturer their current phone came from, they wanted a screen that’s larger than the one they’ve got. This seems like a fairly obvious trend from an Android point of view (my personal phones from the last few years have had 2.8, 3.2, 3.7, 4.3 and 4.65-inch screens) and flies in the face of a certain Cupertino giant, which swears up and down that a 3.5-inch, 4:3 screen is perfect for everyone.

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OnTrion Carries Extended Mobile Phone Batteries for the LG G2X /OPTIMUS 2X on …

Friday, March 16th, 2012

OnTrion Carries Extended Mobile Phone Batteries for the LG G2X /OPTIMUS 2X on …
News from Houston Chronicle:

OnTrion, the manufacturer of superior-quality mobile phone batteries and accessories, carries a battery that is compatible with all the major smartphone brands, including the LG G2X /OPTIMUS 2X for T-Mobile

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) March 16, 2012

In its continuing effort to carry a replacement mobile phone battery that is compatible with all the major smartphones, OnTrion is pleased to announce that it has extended batteries for T-Mobile’s LG G2X /OPTIMUS 2X model in stock. All of the extended OEM-quality mobile phone batteries OnTrion manufactures have a battery cover and the original mAh (milliamperes) accurately stated on them. Users of the LG G2X /OPTIMUS 2Xcan maximize their smartphone’s output with an OnTrion extended mobile phone battery.

OnTrion operates under the tagline “Engineered to Last Longer,” and its extended battery line for all the major smartphone brands demonstrates just how much the company is committed to living up to that mission. The extended battery with door on OnTrion’s LG G2X /OPTIMUS 2Xpremium batteries enables them to last longer than the average competitor’s batteries. As a result, they are an ideal way for LG G2X /OPTIMUS 2Xusers to get th…………… continues on Houston Chronicle

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iPhone Tops JD Power’s Smartphone Customer Satisfaction Survey
News from eWeek:

The Apple iPhone was the only smartphone to receive a five Power Circle Rating from J.D. Power and Associates, following the release of two new reports, its 2012 “U.S. Wireless Smartphone Customer Satisfaction Study” and “U.S. Wireless Traditional Mobile Phone Satisfaction Study.” Both reports measured satisfaction with devices used for less than a year.

In the smartphone category, Apple, with a rating of 840 out of 1,000 points, was followed by HTC, with four circles and a rating of 793. Samsung and Motorola took third and fourth places, each with three circles and ratings of 789 and 758, respectively.

Among feature phones, LG Electronics and Sanyo tied for top billing, with scores of 716, followed by Sony Ericsson with a 712 out of 1,000. All three earned five circles.

The firm found battery performance to greatly affect customer satisfaction. It also found the latter to be a “least satisfying” aspect of the smartphone experience for consumers. Between the firm’s 2011 and 2012 studies, overall customer satisfaction was found to have fallen to 6.7 out of 10 from 6.9—a difference J.D. Powers calls significant.

“Both carriers and manufacturers recognize the fact that battery life needs to be i…………… continues on eWeek

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LG Connect 4G (MetroPCS)

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

LG Connect 4G (MetroPCS)
News from CNET:

At CES this year, MetroPCS announced two new smartphones that will run on its 4G LTE network. One was the Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G, and the other was the more spec-robust LG Connect 4G.

The LG Connect 4G is the carrier’s first dual-core handset, but that’s not the only reason why it’s tapped as its shining star. It also has one of the brightest screens on the market–complete with 700 nits of Nova glory.

Because it is a flagship phone, it also comes with a flagship price. You can purchase the device through the carrier’s site for $ 319, after you send in a $ 30 mail-in rebate. Next to the LG Esteem, it is one of the most expensive current MetroPCS phones.

Since it doesn’t operate on the biggest, fastest, or most reliable network available in the United States, the LG Connect 4G does come with a few cons. But it’s always great to see more higher-end options for consumers who want to stick to a no-contract, pre-paid plan.

Design
At 4.59 inches long by 2.45 inches wide by 0.46 inches thick, the LG Connect 4G pulls off looking slim, without feeling too fragile. The device weighs in at 4.8 ounces, so it’s easy to handle and isn’t b…………… continues on CNET

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Samsung, LG, Korean Carriers Fined For Mobile Price Fixing Scheme
News from TechCrunch:

Chris Velazco is a mobile enthusiast and writer who studied English and Marketing at Rutgers University. Once upon a time, he was the news intern for MobileCrunch, and in between posts, he worked in wireless sales at Best Buy. After graduating, he returned to the new TechCrunch to as a full-time mobile writer. He counts advertising, running, musical theater,… → Learn More

What happens when Korea’s biggest wireless carriers and Korea’s biggest phone manufacturers get caught offering bogus wireless phone deals to their customers? Well, according to the Yonhap News Agency, Korea’s Fair Trade Commission gets pissed off and slaps those companies with huge fine — 45.3 billion won ($ 40.2 million) — for “price fixing and consumer fraud.”

If the fines are any indication, then carrier SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics were the biggest offenders here — they netted themselves a 20.2 billion won ($ 17.9 million) and 14.2 billion won ($ 12.6 million) penalty respectively.

Here’s how it all went down. Samsung, LG, and Pantech marked up the prices of a total of 209…………… continues on TechCrunch

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